The weather can have a great effect on our day-to-day health and wellness. Depending on the season, one can be affected with allergies, illness, or the flu. In addition, sunnier days with a high UV index means we need to take precautions against sun damage and heat stroke.

Allergy Center

Every spring, summer, and fall, tiny particles known as pollen are released from trees, grasses, and weeds. Pollen is transported by air currents and enters human noses and throats. This can trigger an allergic reaction named allergic rhinitis, also known as Pollen Allergy. Approximately 35 million Americans complain from upper respiratory symptoms related to pollen.

Checking the pollen count can help you determine if you need to take preemptive measures. Pollen count is a measure of how much pollen is in the air in a certain area in a specific time. Pollen counts tend to be highest early in the morning on warm, breezy days and lowest on chilly, wet periods.

Visit the WebMD Allergy Center for more information about allergies and potential treatments.

Air Quality Index

Air pollution—the introduction of chemicals, particulates, or biological materials into the atmosphere—can cause discomfort, disease, or death to humans, in addition to damage to other living organisms.

Check the air quality index to see if your area is potentially hazardous, and if you should take precautions. Also, you should make sure that you “spare the air” and don’t contribute to air pollution. Ride public transportation, carpool, and burn wood only if absolutely needed.

UV Index

The sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause sunburn and other harmful damage to the body, and the UV index is proportional to the strength of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Check the UV index to find out the best times to be outdoors, and don’t forget the sunscreen!